Warm summer temperatures and low yielding vines allow the Shiraz grapes to attain a full degree of ripeness and a wide range of flavours. These conditions conspire to produce an elegant and rich Chockstone Shiraz that displays a full spectrum of dark berry flavours that are balanced with our characteristic black pepper spice.
Blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate, black pepper, hints of violets, bacon fat, and liquorice; a warm, velvety structure and long, plush finish. A sophisticated, pretty thing now, but if you have the patience (and the extra wine), watch it evolve over the next decade or two.
Very deep, youthful, bold purple colour. The bouquet is likewise intense and bold, concentrated and bright, with dark cherry, red plum and subtle spice flavours, the palate quite firm with a hint of bitterness in the tannins which is quite enjoyable, adding to the drying sensation at the finish. Smart wine; top value.
RALPH KYTE-POWELL - THE REAL REVIEW
Victoria’s Grampians is one of Australia’s great historic wine regions. Its classic shiraz is increasingly recognised widely, with the result that many wines have recently crept up in price after being undervalued for a long time. With this in mind, Chockstone Shiraz still manages to offer good value under AUD $30. The 2018 edition is impenetrably deep and purplish, and the nose is still raw, slightly porty, and in need of bottle evolution. Jammy blackberry and mulberry fruit mix it with more savoury notes of forest earth and a suggestion of mocha. The palate has good depth and full body with some alcoholic warmth, while tannins are dry and balanced. A forceful shiraz needing time to mellow and evolve.